Louisiana televangelist seeks donations for $54M private jet

Louisiana televangelist seeks donations for $54M private jet

He says his 40-year-old Jesse Duplantis Ministries has paid cash for three private jets and been "just burning them up for the Lord Jesus Christ".

The Times-Picayune reports that Duplantis made the pitch to his followers in the May 21 edition of his weekly video address.

He said that God told him he should have a jet but not personally pay for it.

Mr Duplantis said he needs the jet "so we can go anywhere in the world one stop" and he recounted a conversation he said he had with God about needing the plane.

He says that if Jesus were alive today, "He wouldn't be riding a donkey".

He has defended his use of private planes in the past in what the Washington Post called a "widely mocked" video in which he and another preacher said, among other things, that you can't speak openly to God on a commercial airliner.

A televangelist in Louisiana has a problem he needs his disciples' help with: he's due for a new private jet.

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He says he could fly cheaper because he has his own fuel farm and he can avoid refueling stops. "I'm interested in preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ".

The minister asked his followers to donate the money to purchase the jet.

In his "prosperity gospel", he preaches giving money to pastors and their ministries is a sort of investment and missionaries have encouraged their flocks to invest heavily in aviation.

Now he has his eye set on a brand-new Dassault Falcon 7X, largely because of its fuel capacity. He said that tells him that the end time is "coming fast ladies and gentlemen".

"And I said, 'What do you mean?'" He said viewers should "pray about becoming a partner to it". "It's gonna reach people. The mess that the airlines are in today I would have to stop, I'm being very conservative, at least 75 to 80, more like 90 percent of what we're doing because you can't get there from here".

" 'Jesse, I didn't ask you to pay for it, I asked to believe for it, ' " Duplantis added.

"Now people say ... can't you go with this one?" he said, pointing to a picture of the plane he uses.

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